5 December 1956 – A Northrop XSM-62 Snark, 53-8172, N-69D test model, fitted with a new 24-hour stellar inertial guidance system, launches from Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex, Florida. It wanders off-course, ignores destruct command, disappears over Brazil. It is found by a farmer in January 1983. The Day They Lost the Snark By J.
Ben Hogan Allen
In 1957 Ben was a Field Engineer at Mitchell Energy in Bridgeport, TX. In 1958 he entered the USAF.
After serving in the USAF, Ben went on to fly for American Airlines in 1966. From 1970-1979 he became a flight simulator research specialist at NASA. In 1985, Ben became a member of the National Advisory Council of the Red River Valley Pilots.
“Ben Allen flew one of the first camouflaged F-105s on his tour and named his bird the “Lone Star Special.””(1)